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Top-selling Indiana agent opens NextHome brokerage

Top-selling Indiana agent opens NextHome brokerage

Austin Rich

Pleasanton, CA — January 22nd, 2020 — NextHome is thrilled to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Elite Real Estate, based in Muncie, IN. The brokerage represents the fifth office location opened in Indiana for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage will serve clients throughout Muncie, Selma, Eaton, Dunkirk, Farmland, Parker City, Middletown, Daleville, Yorktown, Gaston, and the remainder of Delaware County. NextHome Elite Real Estate agents are also happy to help clients in nearby towns in surrounding Grant, Madison, Marion, and Randolph counties. 

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team Austin and Tera Rich. As the broker of record, Austin brings six years of outstanding real estate success to the new venture. 

Austin has been selling real estate professionally since 2014, however, he first delved into the industry through rental properties while studying at Ivy Tech Community College. 

After finishing school, Austin joined a nationally franchised brokerage and devoted his time and attention to becoming the best real estate agent he could be. Soon after obtaining his license in 2014, he rocketed to the top of his industry as one of Indiana’s premier real estate professionals. 

During his first year selling, Austin became the top individual producer in his brokerage and one of the top-producing agents in the entire state of Indiana. He has consistently averaged around $6.5 million in annual sales since that first year – once topping $7.7 million in a market where the average starter home price hovers around $75,000. 

Austin’s self-starter attitude has helped him sell about one home per week in a market where the average sales rate is closer to one home per month. 

“I enjoy being modern and fresh,” Austin said of his approach to real estate. “It is really a great thing to be able to find an agent who is constantly staying up-to-date and pushing the envelope with the latest technology and tools. Sellers and buyers know that I won’t leave any rock unturned when I am marketing their property or searching for their perfect home.”

As Austin continued to build his reputation for successful sales around Delaware County, his eventual goal was always to open his own brokerage. He just needed to find the perfect franchise fit. 

“I wanted a company that could meet certain criteria and standards for me,” Austin said. “My goal was to have the backing of a franchise that has the same philosophy, ethics, morals, and background that I have.”

Austin was also searching for a franchise that embraced his inclinations toward being on the cutting edge. 

“When I started my research it seemed like I had hundreds of possibilities,” Austin said. “Then I started reaching out to other agencies that had embraced NextHome and my decision became crystal clear.”

For Austin, the decision to join the NextHome family was because of the company’s blend of the personal and professional, as well as its blend of cutting-edge technology and old fashioned values. 

“NextHome is on the front lines of real estate innovation and already has a system in place that would take workload and stress off of me,” Austin said. “It was also really impressed that I could pick up the phone and reach one of the top five executives at the company. That is incredibly unique.”

Today, Austin is offering NextHome Elite Real Estate clients the unparalleled support and marketing that comes with the NextHome brand. 

“From day one our agents will have top-tier support from office systems that are already in place, as well as access to superior technology and marketing. In addition, the back-end support from NextHome is unmatched by any other franchise. Agents can be more successful here than any other place they go,” said Austin.

Outside of selling real estate, Austin enjoys spending time with Tera and their three children. Lauren (13) plays volleyball and travels across the country with her club team. Baylee (10) runs cross country and is a gymnast. Cameron (7) enjoys playing basketball and golfing with his dad. 

Together, the family enjoys traveling, golfing, and exploring the Smoky Mountains. 

Please join us in congratulating Austin and Tera on the opening of NextHome Elite Real Estate in Muncie, Indiana!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


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NextHome CEO Named a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker

NextHome CEO Named a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker

Pleasanton, CA — January 20, 2020 — NextHome’s Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins has been selected as a RISMedia 2020 Real Estate Newsmaker—a dynamic group of key influencers making headlines as a result of their newsworthy contributions to the real estate industry, and their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve.

RISMedia, the leader in U.S. real estate news and information services, announced its 300-plus, 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers on Jan. 8, in both an online directory on and in the January issue of its flagship publication, Real Estate magazine. 

RISMedia’s 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers were nominated in 2019 by RISMedia readers and editors and are showcased in the following categories: Influencers, Trailblazers, Futurists, Achievers, Crusaders, Inspirations, Luminaries, and Trendsetters.

James was recognized in the Trailblazer category, a fitting title as NextHome continues to grow exponentially. The five-year-old franchise was created with a vision to make a change in the real estate industry. The NextHome difference lies in our consumer-centric branding, innovative technology, and continuous member support. 

“In RISMedia’s Real Estate Newsmakers, you’ll find an inspirational overview of more than 300 industry leaders who are making a difference in the real estate and homeownership sectors, and whose actions have a far-reaching and profound impact on the real estate industry, from nationwide to their own local communities,” said John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia. “You’ll meet the thought leaders and the icons. The heroes and the champions of a better way. The ones who are breaking the mold and the ones who are leading the industry forward.”

Under the leadership of CEO James Dwiggins, NextHome, Inc. was named the No. 4 franchise in the country by Franchise Business Review in 2019, which also ranked the California-based organization as a Top Services Franchise and a Top Franchise for Women. NextHome was also ranked No. 95 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2020 Franchise 500 list for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. The franchise’s ranking placed NextHome fifth in the real estate category.

“NextHome’s accomplishments are a testament to the hard work of our team to deliver a consumer-centric brand and an innovative technology platform that resonates with agents and brokers,” said Dwiggins. “More than that, it speaks to the level of professionalism of our members who are truly the absolute best in the business. We couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments, helping NextHome grow at such a tremendous rate.”

To see RISMedia’s 2020 Real Estate Newsmakers and read about their achievements, visit the Newsmakers Gallery


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


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NextHome Executives Recognized on 2020 SP200 and Watchlist

NextHome Executives Recognized on 2020 SP200 and Watchlist

Pleasanton, CA — January 16, 2020 — Chief Executive Officer James Dwiggins and Chief Operating Officer Tei Baishiki of NextHome were recently recognized by T3 Sixty as prominent leaders in the residential real estate brokerage industry for 2020, making the list of most powerful leaders and the Watchlist.

T3 Sixty, the leading management consultancy and research company dedicated to the residential real estate brokerage industry, annually publishes Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) which definitively ranks real estate leaders and executives across the U.S. The rankings are intended to shed light on the leaders of the industry and do not reflect company rankings. In addition to this list, T3 Sixty also names individuals who are recognized as the industry’s up-and-coming leaders on the 2020 Watchlist.

James and Tei have worked alongside one another since 1999. In May of 2014, the two founded NextHome, Inc. with a vision to make a change in the real estate industry. The NextHome difference lies in our consumer-centric branding, innovative technology, and continuous member support. 

As the NextHome franchise continues to grow, so does James’s ranking on the SP200. He was ranked at No. 158 in 2017, No. 105 in 2018, and No. 72 in 2019. This year, James was ranked No. 54 as he continually embraces the changes the industry faces to best position the NextHome franchise and its members for success. He also shares his knowledge and perspective at numerous conferences and events throughout the country. 

“Since day one, NextHome has been dedicated to maintaining a high-set bar of marketing, technology, and customer service standards,” said James. “However, our success lies with our members who have embraced the NextHome uniqueness, and want to make a difference in the lives of those looking to find their next home. Recognitions like these are not possible without our members.” 

Tei’s addition to this year’s Watchlist reaffirms his place among the innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact in our industry over the past year. The recognition identifies the dedication Tei maintains as he’s responsible for overseeing corporate operations as well as the creation and implementation of new technologies that give NextHome the edge to stay ahead of the competition.  

“When James and I started NextHome, we never imagined our vision would grow to where we are today,” said Tei. “It all comes back to the people – our hard-working corporate team, our amazing members in the field, and the vendors we hand-select to support them.”

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all NextHome members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. Our company leaders are making a difference in the real estate industry thanks to your ongoing support. 


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


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Inventorying Your Possessions

Inventorying Your Possessions

It’s great to have insurance against damage and loss, but if you can’t show proof of your possessions, it may result in a protracted settlement process with your insurance company.1

Four Tips for Creating an Inventory. Creating an inventory may take a bit of upfront work, but it can pay future benefits in smoothing the claims settlement process with your insurer as well as increase the potential of receiving the maximum payment possible.

Tip #1 – Make a Video of Your Possessions. A visual record of your possessions is the best proof of ownership. When videoing your home contents, make sure you are methodical and thorough in going through all your rooms and storage spaces. Speak while you are taping to describe each item; include any relevant information (e.g., “this is a signed first edition of “Moby Dick.”).

Tip #2 – Document Value of Your Items. Scan or video receipts of the items in your home. Indicate the make and model where appropriate. If you have artwork or antiques, consider creating a record of any appraisal you may have received on your collectibles.

Tip #3 – Secure Your Inventory. An inventory doesn’t help much if you keep it in the house and your home burns to the ground. If your video is digital (highly recommended), consider storing the file in a “cloud” account rather than on your computer, or alternately, on a USB stick stored in a safety deposit box.

Tip #4 – Keep Your Inventory Updated. Failure to regularly update your inventory may mean unintentionally leaving off expensive new purchases.

Get started by asking your insurance agent if they have an inventory checklist, which may help you remember to include items that you might otherwise overlook.

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NextHome Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

NextHome Ranked a Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Highly Competitive Annual Franchise 500®

Pleasanton, CA — January 14, 2020 — Entrepreneur magazine revealed its annual Franchise 500 list, and NextHome was ranked among the world’s very best franchise systems. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Over 1,100 companies were considered for recognition on the list.

Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks NextHome at No. 95 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power. NextHome’s ranking placed the franchise fifth in the real estate category. 

“The 500 companies on this list all have something in common —  they understand what consumers want now,” said Entrepreneur editor in chief Jason Feifer. “Making our list means they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’ needs — because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive.”

The factors that go into the evaluation are based on The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500® which include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, as well as financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order. 

Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. At just five-years-old, NextHome’s position on the ranking affirms its strength as a franchise opportunity. 

“NextHome’s recognition on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list is a testament to the corporate team and franchise members who have helped build the brand to where it stands today, and where it continues to grow,” says James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome. “The ranking confirms our focus on the consumer, branding, and innovative technology are making a difference in the real estate industry.” 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all members across the country for making recognitions like this possible. 

To view NextHome in the full ranking, visit Results can also be seen in the January/February 2020 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 14th. 


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


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NextHome announces new Minnesota office

NextHome announces new Minnesota office

Francine Marsolek

Pleasanton, CA — January 7th, 2020 — NextHome is proud to announce the newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Metro Real Estate Services. Based in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, the new brokerage represents the fourth NextHome franchised office opened in the state.

The brokerage is led by Minnesota-native Francine Marsolek and will serve clients across the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro areas including the seven-county metro area. 

Francine brings over 16 years of experience to her new office, specializing in all types of residential transactions. 

She began her career in 2003 with a small independent brokerage. She soon transitioned to a real estate company where she built a successful career for the next six years. Then, in 2011, Francine opened her own independent brokerage – North Metro REO. 

“My business was growing by leaps and bounds and I realized that it was a great time to use my skills as an independent business owner,” Francine said. 

At the time, the foreclosure market had a wealth of inventory and Francine became well-versed in REO transactions.

However, as the market continued to evolve, so did Francine. In 2017, she rebranded her company, changing its name to Metro Real Estate Services. 

At the business’s high point, Francine had five agents working for her and, on her own, she was closing about 20 transactions per year. 

As the business grew, Francine knew she needed to keep up with evolving technology and branding needs. As she considered how to scale up her company, Francine discovered NextHome. A marketing e-mail from the company landed in her inbox at a serendipitous time. 

“I had looked at a few others, but I always came back to NextHome,” Francine said. “I loved the marketing and technology tools the company provided. I knew that as a small business, I needed to keep up with change. It takes a lot of money to first get all the technology pieces needed, and second to keep up with those tools as they evolve. By partnering with NextHome, I could build all their tools into my brokerage automatically.”

Today, Francine is building a team of committed, professional agents who can deliver NextHome’s “humans over houses” commitment to clients. 

Family is incredibly important to Francine and when she isn’t growing her business, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children. 

Francine and Brent Marsolek have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of George (30), William (27), Trista (24), Frank (22), and DiMaggio (17) and enjoy being in-laws to George’s wife Laura. Francine also enjoys spending time with her granddaughter Juniper and is looking forward to welcoming grandbaby number two in March. 

Francine and Brent are avid curlers and play at the town’s Friday Fun League. They are also Minnesota Twins baseball fans and love to spend time at the region’s many lakes. 

Please join us in congratulating Francine on the opening of NextHome Metro Real Estate Services in Lino Lakes, Minnesota!


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

NextHome LoneStar Realty opens in Texas

NextHome LoneStar Realty opens in Texas

Allen Stewart

Pleasanton, CA — December 30th, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome LoneStar Realty, based in Boerne, Texas. The brokerage represents the 30th office location opened in Texas for the NextHome franchise.

The brokerage is owned by the husband and wife team Allen and Laurie Stewart. Allen will be the office’s broker of record as the NextHome LoneStar Realty team serves clients across Bexar, Kendall, and Comal counties. 

Named in honor of German author and publicist Ludwig Börne, the small town sits in the picturesque Texas hill country just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. The proximity to a larger city and its central Texas charm attract home buyers from across the United States. 

Allen and Laurie are looking forward to helping clients find the perfect starter home, invest in a residential property, or make a great commercial transaction. 

Allen has been in real estate for almost 30 years. His career began in 1991 outside of Syracuse, New York working for a nationally franchised brokerage. Three years later, Allen moved to Texas where he continued to excel in his real estate career. Over the course of the next 11 years, Allen worked with both small independents and large franchised companies, including Bradfield Properties and Coldwell Banker. Eventually, Allen also began building custom, high-end homes. 

Then, in 2008, a turbulent housing market presented yet another opportunity for Allen’s skills. The home builder started San Antonio Hill Country Real Estate. As the owner of his own brokerage, Allen grew to know the San Antonio area’s real estate market intimately. 

For the next decade, Allen ran his own brokerage, working both in residential and commercial sectors. All the while, he continued to build homes across Texas hill country. 

Eventually, Allen knew it was time for his business to evolve again. 

“In 2018, I was winding down, not really doing as much commercial work or doing any construction work,” Allen recalled. “I began looking into what tools I would need to bring on to be able to grow and make my San Antonio Hill Country Real Estate business more attractive to agents.”

After Allen developed his game plan for growing the business, he began to research franchises and start crunching numbers. That’s when he knew that partnering with NextHome made the best financial sense. 

“Once I started adding up the costs of all the tools NextHome provides, I thought, ‘Well, I’ve gotta go talk to these guys,’” Allen said. 

Today, Allen is combining his years of experience with NextHome’s suite of tools and top-level training to recruit and mentor the area’s best agents. 

“I’ve spent so many years working in residential construction, commercial real estate, and residential sales that I’ve amassed different experiences I know a lot of other REALTORS® will never get exposed to,” Allen said. “I want to share that knowledge and lead great people. My goal is to have the most educated and market-savvy agents out there. At NextHome LoneStar Realty, our goal is to make sure that our clients are always put first.”

When he isn’t training agents, selling real estate, or building his business, Allen keeps busy as an active member of the Boerne community. He is the chairman of his subdivision’s architectural control committee as well as a member of the Boerne Chamber of Commerce.

Allen and Laurie have been married for 34 years and are the parents of two children. Dylan is a licensed landscape architect in Dallas, and Hannah is an attorney working in Washington D.C. 

Please join us in congratulating Allen and Laurie on the opening of NextHome LoneStar Realty in Boerne, Texas! 


Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


Each office is an independently owned and operated business.

Meet your December 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Meet your December 2019 NextHomie of the Month!

Please join us in congratulating our NextHomie of the Month for December 2019, Carlos Rios, the energetic, motivational, and hardworking agent from NextHome My Way in Milwaukee, WI. Congratulations, Carlos!

Carlos has been a NextHomie for over a year now, and made sure to do his research before joining. He interviewed at other companies before concluding that NextHome was the perfect fit for his career goals, and the fact that his brother is the owner of NextHome My Way helped as well. 

“The energy is contagious! Along with that, the corporate staff is integrated and there for us. There is no hierarchy, we are all team players,” said Carlos on why he chose NextHome. “I am always looking for a way to help a NextHomie out and so are they.” 

Carlos’s success in real estate can be traced to his disciplined work ethic rooted in his athleticism. Prior to real estate, Carlis was a Golden Glove boxer, a member of the Puerto Rico diving team, a competitive cheerleader in college, studied martial arts, and last but not least – a professional skateboarder. 

When asked what he enjoys most about being a REALTOR®, Carlos’s answer is commonly a least-favorite task of the job. 

“I enjoy making the calls,” Carlos said. “I like the opportunity to take what is an uncomfortable situation for most and turn it around to a warm and positive experience.”

Outside of real estate, Carlos is making a difference in his local community. His goal is to provide high school graduates with professional attire to prepare themselves for success after graduation. If you’ve met Carlos or follow him on social media, you’d recognize his approach that if you feel good, you’ll do good. 

We’re thankful to have NextHomies like Carlos in the NextHome family. His energy and motivation to help people rightfully earned him the December 2019 NextHomie of the Month recognition, congratulations Carlos! 

Amanda Mills 

NextHome Culture Committee Chair

NextHome announces newest brokerage in the Triad Area

NextHome announces newest brokerage in the Triad Area

Doug & Adriane Witcher, Tracy Turner

Pleasanton, CA — November 27, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome Realty Partners. The brokerage represents the 19th office location opened in North Carolina for the NextHome franchise.

NextHome Realty Partners is owned by Tracy Turner and Doug Witcher. Adriane Witcher, Doug’s wife, works as a REALTOR®/broker for the office and David Turner, Tracy’s husband, is NextHome Realty Partner’s project manager. 

Based in High Point, NextHome Realty Partners’ agents are looking forward to serving clients across Greensboro, Kernersville, Jamestown, High Point, Winston-Salem, and the remainder of the Triad.

High Point, nestled between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, is known as the “Furniture Capital of the World” and is the home of High Point University and a brand new minor league baseball team, the High Point Rockers. The Triad boasts a veterans hospital, as well as six additional major universities, two more minor league baseball teams and the Greensboro Swarm, a basketball team owned by the Charlotte Hornets.

With 12 agents and growing, NextHome Realty Partners provides expertise in all types of residential real estate including first-time home buying, investment properties, and veteran relocations.

“We want to bring on agents that are like-minded as us and will go the extra mile to take care of their clients,” said Tracy. “We want agents who will be creative and think outside the box to get the job done.”

NextHome Realty Partners can trace its origins to 2009 when Tracy first obtained her real estate license. Prior to that, Tracy was a Director of Sales and Marketing for Sheraton Hotels where she developed an interest in real estate investing. In 2006, she and her husband started a real estate investment company and purchased over 45 foreclosures properties. They would fix up and rehab the properties to sell or rent. 

Tracy initially worked for a small, independent firm, and eventually a larger firm where she sharpened her skills over the next six years. In 2014, she became broker-in-charge of a nationwide real estate firm.

In 2016, Adriane Witcher obtained her real estate license and started working for Tracy.  Adriane, Doug, Tracy, and David had been friends for over 20 years. Tracy had no reservations about hiring Adriane as a new agent because of Adriane’s successful business background. 

Doug and Adriane started a trucking company, Worth Transportation Systems, in 1998. They grew it from one truck and a small warehouse to a multi-million dollar business delivering furniture throughout the United States. They sold the business in 2004 and bought Balance Day Spa in Greensboro, NC. They soon added two more locations in the Triad. They sold the spas in 2010 and became involved in a couple other businesses until they realized real estate was undoubtedly their calling. 

“Doug and I have purchased 11 homes that we have lived in, all in the Triad, during our almost 20 years of marriage,” said Adriane. “We have always enjoyed the home buying, selling, and remodeling process. With our interest in real estate, becoming a REALTOR® seemed like the perfect fit.”  

Doug soon followed with getting his real estate license and in Spring of 2017, the Turners and the Witchers once again got the entrepreneurial itch. In Fall of that year, they opened their own firm called Turner Witcher Realty. A brick and mortar office soon followed and they quickly grew to six agents.  

The company thrived in its first year, with Doug, Adriane, and Tracy closing over 60 transactions themselves along with dozens more from their agents. 

Their connection to NextHome began not by looking for a franchise to partner with, but because they were looking for a way to improve their logo and have consistency in marketing

“While I was researching logos, I remembered a REALTOR® that I had a deal with earlier this year who worked with NextHome Triad Realty,” Adriane said. “The logo and mascot caught my attention. We were not fans of franchises, but the branding was really good. We were interested, but hesitant. I presented it to Doug and Tracy and it wasn’t long before we were on the phone with NextHome’s vice president of sales Charis Moreno.”

The trio knew they wanted to give their agents and clients the best, most up-to-date technology and tools. They wanted to improve their logo to be sharp and consistent in all advertising and marketing. The search for a logo morphed into an upgrade for their entire business. 

“When I looked at franchises, I always associated them with an old and stuffy feeling,” Doug said. “Then I saw NextHome and it was new and fresh. They offered everything we were looking for while still allowing us to operate our own business. They didn’t impose all the rules and regulations of a typical real estate franchise.”

Adriane found the branding tools to be a significant time saver for a brokerage that was doing it all independently before. 

“Adriane is our in-house tech guru and she was usually the one who was searching the Internet for better and more efficient ways to get things done,” Tracy said. “With NextHome, everything is in one place, right at our fingertips.” 

“There is consistency and comprehensiveness in the branding and marketing. NextHome offers everything we wanted and needed, including things we didn’t even know we needed,” said Adriane. 

Today, NextHome Realty Partners offers that outside-the-box thinking and unparalleled marketing to all of their clients, and it shows. So far in 2019, the brokerage helped clients with more than 100 successful transactions and did $24 million in sales. Tracy, Doug, and Adriane are still selling as successfully as ever. 

Outside of helping clients find their next home, Doug and Adriane enjoy cheering on the Carolina Panthers and Adriane’s alma mater, the UNC Tarheels. They are the proud parents of two children: Hayden (20) and Sofiya (19) whom they adopted from Russia in 2002. 

Tracy has been married to David for 27 years and she is the mother of four, Lauren (24), Brittany (23), and twins Jack and Kristen (14). Lauren is married to the firm’s newest agent, Spencer Harrell, and they are expecting a baby girl in early January. In the summer months, the family enjoys going to Smith Mountain Lake and supporting their kids as they play soccer and golf. 

Please join us in welcoming Tracy, Doug, Adriane, and the rest of the team at NextHome Realty Partners to the NextHome family!

Interested in being a part of the NextHome Real Estate Franchise? Contact VP of Sales Charis Moreno at


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Father and son team open Blacksburg NextHome office

Father and son team open Blacksburg NextHome office

Ranny & Joel Humphreys

Pleasanton, CA — November 15, 2019 — NextHome is proud to announce our newest addition to the franchise, NextHome New River Valley. The brokerage represents the 10th office location opened in Virginia for the NextHome franchise.

Based in Blacksburg, NextHome New River Valley is owned by father and son team Ranny and Joel Humphreys. With 37 years of combined experience, Ranny and Joel provide expertise in all types of residential sales including relocations, first-time home buying, and investment properties. Ranny has deep roots in the community from providing superior commercial property sales services, and Joel brings extensive expertise in technology and business operations. As nearby Virginia Tech expands its student population, the NextHome New River Valley team is also happy to help investors looking to purchase a solid student rental property, including multi-family real estate.

The office’s six agents spread their time across Montgomery, Roanoke, Botetourt, Giles, Wythe, Bland, and Floyd counties serving buyers and sellers in towns such as Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Riner, Wytheville, and towns south to the Tennessee state line.

Located just 30 miles from Roanoke, the small town of Blacksburg is known as the home of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Due to the flow of educated talent to the area, companies in the high-tech industry find Blacksburg perfect to lay roots. Several aerospace manufacturers and defense department suppliers have operations based in Blacksburg.  

In the 1960s, Blacksburg’s appeal attracted Ranny to Virginia Tech. After graduating in 1970, the Virginia-native married his high school sweetheart Joan and began a successful career as a pharmaceutical representative. For many years, Ranny developed trusting relationships with hundreds of physicians across Virginia. 

However, in 2000, Ranny felt the pull toward real estate. After obtaining his Virginia license, he began working full-time with a small boutique firm. When that firm was bought out, Ranny moved on and joined RE/MAX Allegiance – one of the largest real estate companies in the state. 

After working in the medical device industry, Joel also felt a pull to real estate. In 2005, he obtained his real estate license and began working for his dad at Allegiance. Then, in 2008, Ranny opened his own independent franchise – RE/MAX 1st Realty. As an agent, Joel contributed to 1st Realty’s success. 

Even in the midst of a national recession, the Humphreys built a thriving business. Among three brick and mortar offices, Ranny retained 33 high-performing agents who were seasoned masters in the industry. At one point, the franchised office held 20% of Blacksburg’s market share.  

“It was really due to a lot of great relationships that my dad built,” Joel said. “We cared about these agents and that’s why these great people stuck around.”

In 2018, the Humphreys knew their contract with RE/MAX was about to expire, which sparked their research into other franchise options. 

“We wanted to grow and keep pushing ourselves to be better,” Joel said. 

One day, Joel was asking about franchise options in REALTOR® Facebook groups and several people recommended NextHome. 

“NextHome is different from any other company out there,” Joel said. “The entire culture of NextHome is built on this idea that a company can care about personal interactions. Their motto of ‘Humans over Houses’ is infused throughout everything they do. Along with the technology, NextHome is lightyears ahead of others in the industry.”

“NextHome is hungry enough to stay ahead,” Ranny said. “They won’t rest on their laurels.” 

As their team grows, the Humphreys are now sharing that people-first culture with both agents and clients. 

“We care about our agents and want them to succeed,” Joel said. “We’re not about the numbers. To us, you are a person, not just another agent.”

Ranny added that clients can expect NextHome New River Valley to leverage every tool in their box to get their property sold – including client-centric care and compassion. 

“We have unsurpassed technology to get the client’s property sold,” Ranny said. “And more than that, we believe that business will take care of itself if we take care of the people. The client is the most important part of any business transaction. If they are happy, everyone succeeds.”

When they aren’t selling real estate, the Humphreys enjoy spending time with their families and volunteering in their communities. 

For 25 years, Ranny led various Bible studies with Community Bible study and Bible Study Fellowship as well as his church. Four years ago, he began teaching Sunday School. Ranny will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Joan. Together they are the proud parents of Joel and their daughter, Dale.

Joel has been married to Joanna Humphreys for 14 years. Together they are the proud parents of five children: Josiah (11), Elijah (10), Micah (6), Ellyanah (4), and Judah (1). In his spare time, Joel is also active in serving his church and he coaches his children’s soccer and baseball teams. When the family is together, they enjoy camping, going to the movies, cookouts, and attending the kids sporting events.   

Please join us in congratulating Ranny and Joel on the opening of NextHome New River Valley in Blacksburg, Virginia!

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